A year and a half after closing his longstanding Pubbelly restaurant in the Sunset Harbour neighborhood, Jose Mendin has returned to the space to debut his latest outpost: Casa Isola (1418 20th Street), and Italian-style eatery debuting in the next few weeks.
For this new venture, Mendin has partnered with Brooklyn-born chef, Santo Agnello, who has spent the past seven years at perpetual hotspot Lucali. The menu will feature plenty of dishes that come from Angello’s childhood like pane al prosciutto, a prosciutto bread with parmesan butter; veal chop parmigiana; Milanesa carpaccio with wagyu beef, balsamic, black truffle, heirloom tomatoes; raviolini ai funghi with porcini mushrooms and pine nut gremolata. A selection of wine and beer will also be available as well as five low-proof cocktails.
“To return to my Pubbelly kitchen to cook, is like coming home. The anticipation of seeing this space in motion again, being able to bring the community comfort by way of food, all while creating new jobs provides a feeling of incredible accomplishment,” said Mendin. “Pubbelly gave me so much opportunity and I’m hopeful that in this next chapter it will do the same.”
Casa Isola marks Mendin’s fifth restaurant outpost which also includes the Pubbelly spinoff Pubbelly Sushi, along with La Placita, and his two outposts at The Wharf Fort Lauderdale – Rivertail and The Pie Father.
The restaurant will be open Wednesday through Friday for dinner from 5 to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner from noon to 11 p.m. Lunch specials will be available on the weekends along with a $30 8-hour namesake Sunday Sauce special. For more information visit here.